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Lions leave no middle ground

Women's Basketball

Vanguard burns Point Loma Nazarene inside and out to claim victory in conference opener.

November 29, 2011|By Barry Faulkner

"I thought it was a very good team effort," Davis said. "I thought our defensive communication in the zone was excellent. [The visitors] took 20 seconds each time to finally figure out where we were and while they were figuring that out, we got in their head a little bit, because they couldn't shoot. We were mixing up our zones and the girls did a really nice job. I'm very proud of that."

Point Loma was just eight for 31 from the field before intermission (25.8%) and, thanks largely to 6-3 junior Nyla Bailey making eight of 10 field-goal tries in the final 20 minutes, finished 21 of 56 from the field (37.5%).

Bailey had 24 points to pace the Sea Lions, who had 11 turnovers, eight fewer than the hosts.

"We probably had too many turnovers and some of those were unforced," Davis said. "But we didn't let it affect us on defense."

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Vanguard shot 51.7% from the field in the second half, in stark contrast to Saturday's first loss of the season in the finale of a tournament in Oregon in which the Lions made just three of 34 field-goal tries in the final 20 minutes (8.8%).

Sophomore point guard Taylor Belmont had five assists and two steals to go with her four points and Davis credited her ball-handling with diffusing the Sea Lions' press early.

barry.faulkner@latimes.com

Twitter: @BarryFaulkner5

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Golden State Athletic Conference

Vanguard 71, Point Loma Nazarene 52

PNL – Bailey 24, Campbell 2, Colon 8, Jackson 5, Berlinski 3, Rhoades 5, Crawford 3, Stanley 2.

3-pt. goals – Jackson 1, Berlinski 1, Colon 1, Crawford 1, Rhoades 1.

Fouled out – None.

Technicals – None.

VU – Smith 2, Timmermans 13, Halberg 11, Alfafara 8, Belmont 2, M. Drennnan 10, Goddard 9, Burns 7, A. Drennan 6, Beavor 3.

3-pt. goals – Goddard 3, A. Drennan 2, Alfafara 2, Halberg 1, Beavor 1.

Fouled out – None.

Technicals – None.

Halftime – 33-20, VU.

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